Government Response to the consultation on the Energy Performance of Buildings: Changes to the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations 2012 No. 3118
- This consultation sought views on the proposals to amend the existing regulations for domestic and non-domestic buildings to improve their energy efficiency and provide a reduction in their carbon emissions by increasing the threshold of the current air-conditioning inspection regime to include only air-conditioning systems and combined air –conditioning and ventilation systems with an effective rated output of more than 70kW
- This would lead to savings for some building owners but at some cost to energy assessor businesses while recognising that some carbon savings from smaller systems would be lost
- The UK Government intends to diverge from the European Commission’s proposal and retain the existing threshold for the inspection of energy efficiency of air-conditioning systems and combined air-conditioning and ventilation systems that have an effective rated output of more than 12kW.
- Government will be making a minor technical amendment to the existing 2012 regulations to ensure that the capabilities of air-conditioning systems and combined air-conditioning and ventilation systems are considered to optimise the system’s performance under typical operating conditions.
Stakeholders Responses leading to the above decision
- Majority of stakeholders favoured retaining the existing regime
- A significant improvement in enforcement and sanctions would be required for greater comparative savings from targeted larger units to be realised
- Responses also favoured the retention of the opportunity for inefficient lower output air-conditioning systems to be identified and the wider energy efficiency advice that building owners received when inspections are undertaken.
- The cost benefit analysis within the wider climate change targets did not warrant a change
A copy of the Government’s response can be downloaded here.